From the various types of sun-blessed grapes and grains covering Italy’s hillsides, to the beautiful olive trees and often priceless tubers rooted for centuries in its rich soils, produce depicts a very detailed culinary map of the Italian mainland, as well as seafood-blessed beaches and islands.
Always synonym for good food, boasting a unique explosion of flavours, scents, and aromas, as well as one of the most famous cuisines in the world, Italy also offers an immense variety of different regional dishes and recipes. Arguably more than anywhere else in the world, food is remarkably site specific there, providing a great excuse to get out, explore and eat.
This is how the Grand Tour started at Mora Restaurant, a journey through Italy’s enogastronomic culture, in search of ancient recipes, genuine products, and simple food inspired by classic Italian cooking and innovative creations. Our aim is to explore Italy with our customers, through the flavours and perfumes of its gastronomic treasures, by offering a set of weekly special dishes inspired by each of the regions.
We started high up in the heart of the Alps, with its unmistakable mountain flavours, the fontina cheese and the herbs from Valle d’Aosta, crawling down towards the Barolo hills of Piemonte to eat amazing ravioli and hazelnuts desserts, tasting the fishermen soup (buridda) in Liguria, having a bite of sweet panforte in Toscana. Stopping in each region for about a fortnight, we kept going down the western side of the peninsula, eating lake fish specialities in Umbria, getting to Rome (all the roads lead there, don’t they?) to savour gnocchi alla romana among other renowned specialities from Lazio, and then to Campania to taste amazing seafood dishes and golden-crusted mozzarella in carrozza. Our trip got spicy in Calabria, with ‘nduja and all its chilly-based recipes, and then dark and luscious in Sicily with cuttlefish and black ink risotto, and almond and pistachios delicacies. We have reached the most southern tip of the Italian boot, and it’s now time to move up along the other coast, just after our current stop in Basilicata and its simple but hearty cuisine.
Come and join us in this amazing foodie journey across Italy!